Red Ale | Abita Brewing Co.

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Red AleRed Ale

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Red Ale (March – May) is brewed with British pale and crystal malts, Sterling hops, and an ale yeast from California. This ale has a rich ruby color, lacy collar, and a pronounced caramel flavor.

30 IBU

Added by kbub6f on 10-09-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of HiGravShawn
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Red/Copper with nice head, not a lot of lacing.

S: Some malt with a nice hop aroma

T: Not balanced per say, but balanced to my tastes meaning 60/40 hop over malt. Not much sweetness, but similar to a overly malted american pale.

M: Average, good for its type.

D: VERY. I can really down this stuff.

I drank this at the Abita brewpub on tap right after it was released so I enjoyed it immensely. It is a sort of conundrum as I mentioned it is more like a malty american pale ale than a traditional Amber in my mind, but very drinkable for this hophead.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*On tap at the Abita Brewery*

The beer is a nice red/copper color, with a decent amount of creamy foam.
The aroma caught me off guard. I was expecting a malty, biscuity aroma, but instead, it was a pleasant piney, citrusy hop aroma, with hints of sweet malt, nutty malts, and slight spice.
The taste was ok. Mainly hop forward, citrus and pine, with light malts in the background. Not bad, just average.
The beer felt fine, with good carbonation, and medium body.
Not a bad quaff. Not something I'd explicitly hunt down, but I'd definately drink it again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.89/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Interesting reviews on this one, no one can seem to agree what it taste like. Some say a malty aroma, some say a citrus hop aroma. Here's what I say

Amber with a large, white head. Great retention and splashy lace. Aroma is lackluster fruity phenols. Taste is B-L-A-N-D: bland. Fruity phenols everywhere, but never really immersive. Lil' toasty, lil' bitter in back. Juice-like mouthfeel.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 7/25/2009 (bottle dated ??):

Pours a very clear, red rusty color body, with a big rocky whitish color head, somewhat lasting. Malty, hoppy aroma, sweet and citrusy. Subtle, and enticing. Watery taste, some nutty aftertaste. Some nuttiness in the taste. Sweet tasting.

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Photo of tone77
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, some hints of citrus. Taste is pure hops, not much else. Feels light in the mouth. Not really a beer I could spend the evening drinking. Overall this is a mediocre brew.

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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a grainy pale and roasted malt scent along with a mild hop nose. It does have some excellent bisquit notes as well. The taste is decent. It has a lot of different flavors going on here. It's got some nice hop character as well as a roasted/bisquity taste. It's not very balanced, but I like the attempt at upping their beers' complexity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is one of the better Abita beers I've ever had. Again, it's got a complex flavor, but the components don't seem to mix the best. Nice job.

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Photo of sliverX
4.21/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured a nice light copper, clear big white head that jumped down to a thick film quickly, but left decent lacing
Smell very nice hoppyness mostly citrus that I can figure reminding me of a weak Ithaca Flower Power smells absolutely amazing
Taste is very hop forward but rounded out nicely with some malt backbone very citrus and pine resin hops
mouthfeel is my issue with this beer its just way too watery very thin... if only bottled water tasted so
very drinkable red ale if it werent for the water quality it would be top notch

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Photo of Andrewtherooster
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid drinker, clear red/copper color, with a nose that's very citrusy and slightly reminiscent of Oberon. At first the taste hits soft, slightly fruity with a tinge of coriander, then adds with a nice little punch of hop bitterness and a slight dryness.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light copper color with a thick layer of sticky foam that has nice retention and excellent lacing. It's a good looking beer.

This one smells finely balanced with both citrusy, grassy hops and a strong earthy-sweet malts having a bold presence. Smells really nice and complex.

The taste is not quite as good as the smell, but it is still a pretty good beer. Toasty and sweet caramel malts mingle with a mild hop bite to make an interesting interpretation of the style. I like it, but not as much as some of the sweeter, hoppier west coast versions. This one is more like a revved up amber ale. Overall an enjoyable beer and one of Abita's better offerings.

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Photo of cvfish
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured a copperish red color that produced a white foamy head which had no retention and left minimal lacing on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were not complex at all, just malts

T - The taste of this beer was not overly complex either, some caramelized malts with a slight bit of splenda sweetness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer has a light to medium body with a high level of carbonation

D - This was not a very drinkable beer to me, way to much carbonation to be something sessionable

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Photo of bmwats
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint.

A: Light amber in color. Pretty light carbonation leaves a half finger bubbly white head which settles quickly leaving only a smattering of bubbles. A bit of spiderweb lacing remains.

S: Medium malt, with a chocolaty and nutty nose.

T: Malt is light bodied but roasted. Medium hoppyness, and a subtle sweetness.

M: Light, but hearty. Hoppy aftertaste lingers. A little bit of a carbonated/diluted texture.

D: Good drinkability. Light body, nice flavor.

Atmosphere is okay. Nice appearance, but nothing to write home about. Pleasant, but subdued, and pretty simple nose. Flavor also, is not complex, but charmingly refreshing. Light body, but fulfilling. Overall, solid quaff.

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Photo of webbcreative
2.66/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

cloudy orangy color. not too much head. smells of hops, taste of malts but not very sweet, hoppy but not bitter, there is a peculiar flavor that i can't quite pick out, still on the fence about it. seems like it would be a good spring time/summer brew. might have to try it again an re-review it during that time.

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Photo of Jablonski
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to see the Red Ale out on the shelves even though the Carnival season isn't quite over. It's poured into a pint glass. It pours a burnt orange color with a large cream colored head and great lacing. I was surprised at the volume of the hop aroma coming from this beer as I poured it; it's more apparent in this beer than in Abita's Restoration Pale Ale. There are also some notes of pecans in the smell. This combination makes me feel like it's a variation of the Jockamo.

I don't know if Abita has changed the recipe, but this beer is much better than I remembered it being in previous years. It's possible that it's just better early in the season. The taste is pretty solid. The first sip of this beer brings a small amount of tastes to the palate. A malt taste holds on the tongue for a second or so; at this point, the bitterness comes on in the taste. Neither taste is particularly strong, but it's not made to be a hop bomb or malt bomb. None of this is displeasing at all, it just leaves me knowing how much better this beer could be. Like many Abita's the thinness of this brew is a small problem. Overall, this is a solid beer from Abita, and I'll probably be buying a few more six packs while this is being brewed over the next few months. It it was brewed year round it would work it's way into my rotation due to it's low price.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle as part of party pack on 02/27/05.

Poured reddidh amber color with large rocky head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium balanced aroma with hops and malt. Medium sweet flavor and light to medium bitterl hops finish of average duration.

Average drinkable beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a reddish-copper body with a slightly sticky yellowish-cream colored head that last for a sip. There is a gentle carbonation of big bubbles supporting it.

S- The smell of dry caramel malt is soft and doesn't have much depth.

T- The dry light toasted malt flavor has notes of biscuit malt with a slight sweetness to follow. The dry finish has a slight tartness and green bitter bite.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizzy finish.

D- This beer has some ok malt flavor and a hop bite but there isn't much flavor or aroma at all.

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Photo of Onslow
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

came to my store after mardi gras but what can you say ... has some good foam attributes ... delicious stuff, caramel and other retro red flavours .. very rock lobster ... sure to be an absolute people pleaser... niggles? ... if you want a simple but pleasing beer, this is recommended..

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Photo of theghost3
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this at the Abita Brew Pub. It's a copper/light reddish color with a thick beige head. It smells of malts and a little bit of chocolate. The taste is malty, and there's a sort of chocolate/caramel finish. Thick, buttery mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer, but probably more appropriate for early spring than June.

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Photo of peabody
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours out very light amber with a slight red tint. Lots of white foam attack the sides of the glass. This one looks better than it tastes.
Smell is corriander and a malty fruityness that I can't put my finger on. Smells better as it warms up.
Taste is weak for the style but drinkable nontheless. Slight hoppiness but almost non-existant.
You could drink a bunch of these at a sitting but it might be too bland.

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Photo of beeragent
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a medium copper, forming a 1/4 inch off-white head, that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is a sweet mixture of malts, caramel, and butter. Quite inviting. The taste follows closely, starting off with the malts and mellowing to a light caramel flavor that goes down smooth. The mouthfeel is alot lighter than expected, but still very smooth. Full flavor and good alcohol volume makes this a very drinkable ale. Overall, not too bad. I think this is one of the better offerings from Abita.

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Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper/orange color with a tan, bubbly, one-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of malt and some clove. It also had a grassy/earthy nose.

T - It tasted quite malt with some hoppy kick.

M - It was very sharp and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good beer. One of the better offerings from Abita.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours up hazy amber with a medium white head that lasts a long time.

S - Roasted and caramel malts dominate the aroma, which is faint.

T - Flavor is grassy with the malt flavors coming in behind, and the hops finishing. The grassy taste is a bit harsh, though

M - Nice mouthfeelk.

D - Not more than one or two.

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Photo of biggmike
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at the Abita Brew Pub in Abita Springs, LA. Poured a reddish/amber color that had a decent head that dissipated pretty quickly. Aroma was malty with just a bit of the hops coming through. Flavor was of caramel malts with a little hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was pleasant and drinkability was decent too.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded amber with little head. Nose is tangy citrus with a bit of hops in there for good measure. Flavor is a softer firm bitter with a slight sweetness that is leafy. Kind of a slight metallic tone to it. Feel is nicely bodied on the liquid and has a good carbonation. Overall pretty drinkable. Smooth and fairly even. Nothing earth shattering, but still pretty good.

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Photo of dustylong
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper color with a good head, retention, and lacing (poured from a bottle into a mug). Has a fairly sweet aroma. This brew is citrusy, and hoppy, both in aroma and taste. Has a nice, toasty taste to it. A nice malt character balanced with just the right amount of hops. Has a moderate body to it, with nice amount of carbonation. Definitely a good beer, one of Abita's better beers. Worth trying out.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - a hazy reddish-gold pour with 2+ fingers of pock-marked foam. Casual but busy bead from below. The head recedes and leaves a lacy network behind. It could use a little more color but all in all a nice start.

Aroma - nice rush of citrusy hops amid the initial frothiness. Some malt comes through as it settles. Ends up nicely balanced albeit a little light.

Taste - malt base is thin. A pretty good dose of hoppage makes a quick entrance with so little to stop it. Slight fruit, slight pine, a good choice of levels for the style. Good little hop bite on the swallow. The finish has some grain and hop residue.

Mouthfeel - needs work. The body is too thin for a red ale and undercuts when it could be helping out the flavor. The thinness and watery feel single-handedly waylay what could be a semi-contender.

Drinkability - despite the shortcomings, this has some limited sessionability for the summer.

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Red Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 117 ratings
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